Welcome to the Healing Well GERD forum! I'm not sure if I'm interpreting your description properly, but to me it sounds as if you might have vocal cord dysfunction. It can be caused by GERD--especially LPR--and the effect of acid on the vocal chords. My asthma doc gave me this information.
Here's a link with some information:
The information below will help you learn how to react and breathe through an episode.
If I'm off base, I apologize. It's the first thing I thought of when I heard what you'd experienced.
Good luck in finding answers!
Paradoxical Vocal Fold Motion
Relaxed Throat Breathing Exercises
1. Sip water before
and after doing these exercises.
This is the cue for you to relax
B. Hand on abdomen
This helps you focus on easy abdominal breath support--the
best and most relaxed way to breathe.
C. Gentle, quick
"sip" of air IN (sip, sip,
Breathe through your mouth
about 1 second inhale each sip
D. Gentle blow
OUT (blow, blow, blow)
Through slightly tight lips
about 2-3 seconds for each blow out
3. Practice 5 reps,
20 times per day when you are NOT having symptoms.
4. Make it automatic,
and use it at the first sense of throat tightness to prevent or suppress the
VDC. You may start with the inhale or
5. Use it to
"pre-treat" yourself before known triggers for VCD.
6. This technique can
also be a "stress buster" tool to use in other situations.
Words of wisdom by Eckhart Tolle:
"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”
“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”
“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”